Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Blog

What to do when you are accused of committing domestic violence.

When most people think of domestic violence, the first thought that comes to mind is battered women who have been suffering years of abuse. While sadly these cases do exist in our community, the great majority of the domestic violence cases that wind up in the court system do not fall into this category. In… Read More

Chris Andrian – Super Lawyer for 2015 –Again.

Super Lawyers Magazine’s annual list of the top attorneys in Northern California for 2015 was released in July. For over 10 years Chris Andrian has been named as one of the top Criminal Defense attorneys time and time again. Congratulations Chris, your recognition is well deserved!

Field Sobriety Tests: Do I have the right to refuse?

Standard to every DUI investigation, is the officer’s expectation that you will participate in field sobriety tests (FSTs). FSTs are conducted pre-arrest and there is no legal penalty for declining to participate in them. They often include a series of physical tests, as well as a preliminary breath test (PAS) to determine your Blood Alcohol… Read More

MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW IN MENDOCINO COUNTY

Mendocino’s unique solution to the over-crowding of marijuana cases in the criminal courts California has a reputation for being a testing ground for new ideas. As an example, California was the first state in the nation to legalize medial marijuana in 1996, and we have been the creatively arguing for how this rather broadly written… Read More

CONTACTED BY THE POLICE? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.

Most people have been stopped by a police officer at least once in their life. Whether it is a traffic stop for going just a little fast on Highway 101, to reporting a crime, or being contacted pursuant to an investigation, it can be an intimidating experience that the average person is unequipped to handle… Read More

From the Trenches – Attorney Jane Gaskell follows cases all the way to the California Supreme Court.

In February of 2008, a pedestrian was crossing the street away from any marked crosswalk.  It was raining and the defendant did not see her, striking her with his vehicle.  While the pedestrian did not suffer any life-threating injury, her injuries were serious, and her medical expenses were extensive.  Although the police investigation into the… Read More